Hai Duong coronavirus-hit epicenter to end social distancing on March 3

The northern province of Hai Duong, the largest hotspot in the latest COVID-19 outbreak, is to end province-wide social distancing measures and lift lockdowns on Chi Linh city and Cam Giang district on March 3.
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Medical workers collect swab samples for Covid-19 testing in Hai Duong Province.

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It will shift to a new status, both drastically fighting the coronavirus and taking action to conduct socio-economic development tasks, according to Vietnamplus.

This was decided by the Standing Board of the provincial Party Committee at a meeting on March 1 reviewing anti-COVID-19 efforts.

The coronavirus broke out in Hai Duong province on January 27.

The hotspot in Chi Linh has now been eliminated, while the one in Cam Giang district is under control. Relevant forces are also ramping up efforts to address a cluster in Kim Thanh district, which has been sealed off, as soon as possible.

Applauding the province’s sense of responsibility, Tran Nhu Duong, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology and Head of the Ministry of Health’s working group, pointed out that its greatest success is that there haven’t been any related fatalities, testing capacity has increased dozens of times, and nearly 11,000 groups for COVID-19 monitoring, prevention, and control were set up in the community with the participation of over 25,000 people.

He also warned, however, about a possible resurgence of the virus, and asked the province to view fighting COVID-19 as a regular and ongoing task in the “new normal”.

Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Pham Xuan Thang said that, from March 3, Hai Duong will carry out 10 groups of anti-COVID-19 solutions and five groups of socio-economic development solutions.

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Pham Xuan Thang, member of the Party Central Committee and Secretary of the Hai Duong provincial Party Committee, speaks at the meeting on March 1 Photo: VNA

As the outbreak may return, the entire local political system will not lower its guard and will remain on alert and be stringent in the fight, he stated.

Authorities have also strictly dealt with violations of rules on disease prevention and control, imposing fines totaling over 3.4 billion VND (147,000 USD).

Hai Duong, around 60 kilometers from Hanoi, implemented a 15-day social distancing campaign starting February 16 to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Authorities had requested residents to stay home and only go out to buy necessities like food and medicine or for emergencies.

Thirteen new Covid-19 patients were confirmed in Vietnam Monday evening - eight community transmissions in hotspot Hai Duong and five imported, Vnexpress reported.

All the eight cases in Hai Duong are people who had already been quarantined. They are being treated at field hospitals in the northern province.

The five imported cases are those who entered Vietnam through the Ha Tien international border gate in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang last Thursday and Friday and were quarantined on entry. Sunday test results confirmed they were positive for the virus.

With 16 patients declared free of Covid-19 Monday, the number of active cases stands at 530.

The country has recorded 857 community transmissions in 13 localities since the third Covid-19 outbreak began on January 28 after a 55-day clean streak.

Hai Duong remains the biggest hotspot with 673 cases, followed by Quang Ninh (61) and HCMC (36). Ten of the 13 localities haven’t recorded any new community transmissions in the past 15 days.

With the latest cases, the nation’s Covid-19 tally has increased to 2,461with 1,892 recoveries and 35 deaths.

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